Monday, August 9:
ISU WorkLife - Pathways to Fall | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Tents outside Beardshear Hall- look for the ISU WellBeing Flag
Join ISU WorkLife for our FINAL! Pathways to Fall gathering to celebrate a safe transition to fall, share WorkLife resources and connect with all of you! You can expect fun giveaways, complimentary chair massages, bottled water and snacks, programming information and more! Bring your Adventure2 hand sanitizer bottle or another small refillable bottle to stock up on sanitizer. ISU WorkLife staff and WellBeing Champions will be available to speak with you about our summer and fall programming. Childcare and Family Services staff will be available to answer questions and provide information on your family needs and upcoming programming. We would love to hear your experiences and input to help us better serve the needs of campus as we transition into fall.
ISU WellBeing: Meditation 301: Beyond Mindfulness- Cultivating Positive Emotions | 2:30 - 3:00 pm
Many people begin a meditation practice to become calmer and happier. Too many times, however, it is used as an analgesic- removing the pain without addressing the cause. There are meditation techniques designed to cultivate easier access to positive emotions, such as loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. We will focus on these practices during the summer, given that it may be stressful for everyone returning to work post-COVID. Join us Mondays through August 9 for the return of this popular program! To register, click here
Tuesday, August 10:
ISU WellBeing: Mid-Morning Mindfulness | 10:00 - 10:15 am
There is no better way to stay focused and productive when all around you is a little chaotic than to practice mindfulness. Join your colleagues and the ISU WellBeing team, and special guests, every Tuesday and Thursday mornings for a simple 15-minute mindfulness experience. For more information, click here
Mindspring Mental Health Alliance Webinar: Understanding Bipolar Disorder| 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Everyone experiences ups and downs, but bipolar disorder is different. An accessible guide to understanding the types of bipolar disorder, their symptoms, common misconceptions, and how relationships are impacted. Discuss treatment options and learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others in this one-hour session. For more information and to register, click here
Employee & Family Resources Webinar: What's For Lunch? Make Fun, Fast, and Healthy Meals as Easy as 1-2-3 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm
As you prepare for another school year and possibly returning or have returned to a more traditional workplace, setting yourself and your family members up for nutritional success is as important as ever. Eating well means more physical and mental energy and it does not have to be difficult or costly. Learn how to pack a healthy lunch and what snacks to have on hand to keep you fueled all day long! For more information and to register, click here
Wednesday, August 11:
Mindspring Mental Health Alliance Webinar: Understanding Schizophrenia | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Schizophrenia is a lifelong mental illness that changes how you think, feel & act. A combination of hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking and behavior impairs functioning, and can be disabling. An accessible guide to understanding causation, symptoms, co-occurring disorders and treatment options. Includes practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others. For more information and to register, click here
ISU WorkLife Connections: | 2:30 - 3:00 pm
We want to connect with you! Every Wednesday join your WorkLife at ISU team, or special guest, in a conversation on work-life balance. Each week we will share information on staying well and connecting with other ISU employees both at work and at home. For more information and to join the conversation, click here.
Today's session: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach- The Science of Parenting: Fall and Back to School Transitions
Back to school (especially in 2021) brings all kind of transitions. Join the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Science of Parenting team to hear a few tricks and tips for making it as smooth as possible for you and your children!
Thursday, August 12:
ISU WellBeing: Mid-Morning Mindfulness | 10:00 - 10:15 am
There is no better way to stay focused and productive when all around you is a little chaotic than to practice mindfulness. Join your colleagues and the ISU WellBeing team, and special guests, every Tuesday and Thursday mornings for a simple 15-minute mindfulness experience. For more information, click here.
ISU WellBeing: Everyday Inspiration | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Join the ISU WellBeing team every Thursday through August 12 for open-ended listening/sharing sessions for employees to socialize, connect and informally discuss challenges and successes impacting both professional and personal lives. To register, click here
Mindspring Mental Health Alliance Webinar: The Psychological Origins of Stigma & Bias | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
How does cultural bias impact treatment, prevention & recovery? This one-hour session includes discussion of the origins of understanding mental illness, how misinformation is spread, and how stigma impacts individuals and families. Learn tips for correcting negative perceptions in this one-hour session. For more information and to register, click here
ISU EAP Workshop: Building an Effective Team | 1:00 - 3:00 pm
How do you build an effective team when you are surrounded by others who may think, behave and see the world differently? This session offers participants the opportunity to learn what makes an effective team, the challenges that can get in the way and specific skills that each team member can practice on a day-to-day basis to improve relationships and team performance. Course objectives include: Build a vision of an effective team based on members' own values and experiences, review the natural stages of team development, examine the barriers to effective team communication, and learn practical communication skills that each team member can apply to improve team relationships. To register, visit LEARN@ISU
Friday, August 13:
ISU WellBeing - Walk and Talk | Virtual at 12:10 pm
ISU WellBeing is committed to creating a walking community (even virtually) for ISU employees. Summer in Iowa is here and it’s time to get outside, move and re-connect! Whether you are on campus or at a non-campus location we welcome you to join us for our summer season of Friday Walk and Talks now until August 13. Walk with us, the ISU WorkLife and WellBeing Team, and your colleagues via Webex every Friday at 12:10 pm for 20-minutes from your own location. Or, if you have transitioned back to campus, we have a small group on campus too. You can meet us in front of Beardshear at 12:10 pm and walk with others on our beautiful ISU campus. Masks on or off, all are welcome- Join us via Webex! For more information and resources for walking on campus, click here
Thursday August 26th: Employee & Family Resources Webinar: Welcome Back, Kind Of: The Age of Starting Over with Jason Haglund | 10:00 - 11:00 am
Moving forward after a disaster has its ups and downs. Are you prepared for the seas of emotion you and your co-workers may experience as a result of the new and different practices and expectations in many workplaces post-pandemic? Shift from a mindset of transition to starting over and explore the different ways you can adapt to thrive. For more information and to register, click here